|Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski poses with Ekaterina Buraya of Belarus, Miss Supranational 2012, during the press conference of the Miss Supranational 2013 pageant in Minsk, Belarus.
A reliable source informed Critical Beauty that Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski, the Polish producer, host and launch partner of World Beauty Association (WBA), the Panamanian-based company that owns and produces the Miss Supranational pageant, has failed to distribute the cash prizes for the 2013 winner, Mutya Datul, and her runners-up. This information was sent via e-mail to all license holders by WBA Chief Operating Officer, Marc Russell, dated November 15, 2013. WBA is now considering a possible class action against von Lipinski, who heads his company called Nowa Scena, This source then forwarded the e-mail to Critical Beauty.
|Tryny Marcela Yandar Lobón & von Lipinski
The e-mail also reveals that von Lipinski pretended to be WBA President Tryny Marcela Yandar Lobón when he wrote a circular e-mail to all license holders on October 17, 2013. The e-mail looked suspicious as it had been written from a different e-mail address that Yandar Lobón never had.
|Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski (front row, third from left) eyeing a contestant during the swimsuit preliminaries of Miss Polski 2013 pageant last June in Poland.
Russell's e-mail also mentioned Edwin Dominguez, the national director of Panama. Russell states that Dominguez does not work for WBA. Russell writes: "We assume that our National Director from Panama will wake up from his frivolous mistake to assist Mr Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski when seeing the poor financial statements of Nowa Scena since 2010."[I don't quite understand what Russell is saying, but it seems to suggest that he wishes that Dominguez should have reported von Lipinski immediately to WBA after having seen Nowa Scena's near-bankrupt situation in 2010.]
|Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski and Panama's national director Edwin Dominguez. Date & location of photo unknown.
Russell's e-mail ends with a note of disappointment, accusing von Lipinski of behaving"greedy and dubious at the end of our 5-yrs launch and regret the damage our clean and superb brand may suffer"- and a little bit of optimism:"We will do our best to get the situation under control and will inform you about our owners’ next exciting steps."
We'll see about that.
Photos from Miss Supranational website and Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski's Facebook page.
By Rafa Delfin